As of today, My Edmonds News is changing its policy on who can comment on stories. We are requiring that everyone use their real identity — first and last name. Anyone who doesn’t follow this requirement will have their comments removed.
We are making this change because it doesn’t seem fair that some people are able to say whatever they want and no one knows who they really are. And it seems to us that this type of commenting is only going to get worse as we get closer to the local election for several of our city councilmembers and the mayor, which occurs in November.
While this policy will not prevent readers from making false claims or providing misinformation, it will give those reading the comments a change to judge that claim or information based on the source.
Enforcing this policy is going to take work, but we believe it’s important to do so. We’ve been advised by other online publishers not to go into detail about how to research names that we suspect to be false, to ensure the integrity of the process. We also hope that our own readers will assist us in policing the real identities of those on the site. If you suspect someone is not a real person, please let us know.
In fairness, we are applying this policy to our longtime readers who have commented in the past. We ask that you re-register using your full name.
While we can never guarantee that we will be able to verify the identity of every person who comments here, we will do our best to enforce the policy. We believe the result will be a more trusting environment that promotes the value of sincere dialogue about what is best for our community, and reinforces the mission of My Edmonds News: to be an online gathering place for neighbors and friends.